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Razakin Sep 26, 2013

Pellasos wrote:

playing GTAV as well. i'm more impressed by the lighting than anything else. driving around is very moody.

Flying over Los Santos at nighttime is so pretty with all the light.

XLord007 Sep 29, 2013 (edited Oct 1, 2013)

Tried a bunch of demos:

Diablo III (PS3)
-The story sucks and the gameplay is somewhat repetitive, but the art design is nice, and it's fun and addicting for some reason. I liked it.

Black Knight Sword (360)
-Sort of like a dark, very bizarre, more action-oriented version of Puppeteer. You should play this demo just to see how nuts the art design is.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (360)
-Basically a playable action movie, for better or for worse.

DmC: Devil May Cry (360)
-Really solid action gameplay marred by tragically douchey characters.

Rock of Ages (360)
-Delightfully weird game about rolling giant boulders to defeat famous figure from history. I almost lost it during the Castlevania joke.

Xenocide (360)
-Nearly direct copy of Space Invaders with color. Average.

Mimiinzatsukai (360)
-A twin stick shooter with good controls, but very lousy contrast; it's too hard to see what's about to hit you.

Mysterious Adventure of Michael (360)
-Piss poor Mario clone. Mario is now a teddy bear and goobmas are now rabbits. Koopas are still turtles.

Ginga Saikutsudan (360)
-A strange 3D platform race game set in space. Not much fun.

The Legend of Dragonflame High School (360)
-Very poor River City Ransom clone.

Idolores Sep 30, 2013

LA Noire, Dark Souls, and Super Street Fighter IV.

My daughter loves all three, but LA Noire got turned off immediately once the bad language kicked in. She loves watching Dark Souls for some reason and absolutely adores Street Fighter.

XLord007 Oct 3, 2013

Played through Rain (PS3) this week. It's a neat little story about a boy and girl trying to escape monsters in the Rain, but it's more an art experiment than a game. Since it's so short (~3 hrs), I might go back for a second run to get the collectables that don't show up until you beat the game, but we'll see.

rein Oct 4, 2013

Has anyone been able to try GTA Online?  I'm curious as to how it works.  Dicking around in a persistent online GTA sounds like a lot of fun, but the limit of 16 players per map seems rather low.  Unless you're playing with friends, isn't contact with other players spread out across Los Santos going to be infrequent?

XLord007 Oct 6, 2013

I went back and got all of the collectibles in Rain and tried the following:

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (Wii U)
-I always loved the art style of this game, and I continue to love it in 1080p. I don't know that I'll devote time to playing this one seriously since I beat it on the Cube years ago, but boy did I have a fun nostalgia trip seeing this world again.

The Last of Us (PS3)
-My friends have been trying to get me to try this one for sometime, so I finally acquiesced. I didn't see much of the story, but the combat seems substantially improved over the Uncharted series, and I liked what I played.

Dragon's Crown (PS3)
-This one was a pretty big letdown. The art is super gorgeous, but it's really not much fun to play. The standard combat is dull, and the ratio of combat to annoying menu stuff in town isn't good. The story is delivered through an annoying narrator in front of character portraits, and is an utter drag. Oh well.

Amazingu Oct 6, 2013

XLord007 wrote:

I went back and got all of the collectibles in Rain and tried the following:

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (Wii U)
-I always loved the art style of this game, and I continue to love it in 1080p. I don't know that I'll devote time to playing this one seriously since I beat it on the Cube years ago, but boy did I have a fun nostalgia trip seeing this world again.

The Last of Us (PS3)
-My friends have been trying to get me to try this one for sometime, so I finally acquiesced. I didn't see much of the story, but the combat seems substantially improved over the Uncharted series, and I liked what I played.

Dragon's Crown (PS3)
-This one was a pretty big letdown. The art is super gorgeous, but it's really not much fun to play. The standard combat is dull, and the ratio of combat to annoying menu stuff in town isn't good. The story is delivered through an annoying narrator in front of character portraits, and is an utter drag. Oh well.

I'm playing through Wind Waker HD right now, and I'm having a blast, much more so than I ever remember enjoying the original. All the things they've added/changed (and they've added/changed a LOT) really make the game play much smoother and a whole lot less of a fuss.

On Dragon's Crown, if you dislike the narrator, I think you can turn him off, or at the very least you can change to other narrators (although you might have to download a free voice pack, I forget).

Ashley Winchester Oct 9, 2013

XLord007 wrote:

DmC: Devil May Cry (360)
-Really solid action gameplay marred by tragically douchey characters.

I purchased a copy of this a month or two ago and just got around to it last week. I liked it well enough but I'm glad I waited for a price drop. Personally I can see how people can dislike some of the characters but I didn't let that ruin it for me. I just kind of ignored Dante and focused on Virgil who I liked a lot more. Still, nice to see someone levelheaded enough to praise the game for some of its elements and not just condemn the entire thing out of spite.

Also, I looked back through this thread and was disappointed no one mentioned playing Castlevania: Lord of Shadows -Mirror of Fate- on the 3DS. I'll admit I was kind of bored when I started the game but it picked up and I really liked it the further I got. It got decent enough reviews but it seems gamers weren't too interested in it... the sales figures I saw were rather low. Anyone going to try this now that it can be played on console? I think putting it on the 3DS to begin with may have limited its audience... glad to see it get another chance. I thought it was a pretty good mix of the three types of Castlevania.

Additionally I started up the copy of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island I picked up a while back. Not to insult the game, but I think they were on drugs when they made this one.... This thing is just... weird. To be honest I going to finish it but I don't think I'll be maxing out my scores for each level as a goal like that might make me hate the thing. Seems like something that is easier said than done.

XLord007 Oct 17, 2013

Ashley Winchester wrote:

Also, I looked back through this thread and was disappointed no one mentioned playing Castlevania: Lord of Shadows -Mirror of Fate- on the 3DS.

I never got around to trying the 3DS demo, so I hope to check out a demo of one of the console versions.


Ashley Winchester wrote:

Additionally I started up the copy of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island I picked up a while back. Not to insult the game, but I think they were on drugs when they made this one.... This thing is just... weird. To be honest I going to finish it but I don't think I'll be maxing out my scores for each level as a goal like that might make me hate the thing. Seems like something that is easier said than done.

I would argue that this is the finest 2D platform game ever made. Getting all of the red coins in every level is a major pain in the ass, but the level design and gameplay is just so fantastic. I was heartbroken when Yoshi's Island DS came out and completely missed the point of what made the first one great, and I'm currently very apprehensive about the upcoming Yoshi's New Island for 3DS.

XLord007 Oct 17, 2013

Having enjoyed Heavy Rain quite a bit, I picked up Beyond: Two Souls last week on release and have gotten through most of it, but still have a little more to do. This one is even less of a game and more of a movie than Heavy Rain, but the characters are extremely well acted and the visuals are about as good as we've seen this generation. That said, I like Heavy Rain more because it's plot was more goal oriented. You were actively trying to solve a crime. In Beyond, the story constantly jumps around in time, and rather than trying to solve something, you're really just experiencing what it's like to be a girl with a ghost at different stages in her life. It's interesting, and I'm enjoying it, but it's not as compelling as Heavy Rain's more focused narrative.

Ashley Winchester Oct 18, 2013

XLord007 wrote:

I was heartbroken when Yoshi's Island DS came out and completely missed the point of what made the first one great, and I'm currently very apprehensive about the upcoming Yoshi's New Island for 3DS.

Personally I was kind of curious about Yoshi's Island DS... but I hadn't heard any concrete opinions on it. I've passed on obtaining the game a few times so far... maybe it's for the best.

Anyway, I finished Yoshi's Island on the SNES and kind of had a mini-Mega Man marathon on the original GameBoy after that:

Mega Man III -This was actually pretty hard and annoying; too many jumps and low ceilings that require you to be pixel perfect

Mega Man IV - Took me a while to find a copy of this at a decent price; probably the most player friendly of the GameBoy games but doesn't stick out

Mega Man II - After Mega Man IV I needed a good laugh... and for a twenty minute, sorry-ass experience Mega Man II filled my chuckle barn

Mega Man V - I know people love this one because of how original it is... but I can't help but feel it's a bit overrated considering its cost

After all of those I started Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland on the GBA. I played the original Kirby's Adventure on the NES and wasn't really impressed so I'm not really sure why I popped this in or even have it... I have a real complicated relationship with Kirby games.

Amazingu Oct 18, 2013

Ashley Winchester wrote:

Personally I was kind of curious about Yoshi's Island DS... but I hadn't heard any concrete opinions on it. I've passed on obtaining the game a few times so far... maybe it's for the best.

Anyway, I finished Yoshi's Island on the SNES and kind of had a mini-Mega Man marathon on the original GameBoy after that:

Mega Man III -This was actually pretty hard and annoying; too many jumps and low ceilings that require you to be pixel perfect

Mega Man IV - Took me a while to find a copy of this at a decent price; probably the most player friendly of the GameBoy games but doesn't stick out

Mega Man II - After Mega Man IV I needed a good laugh... and for a twenty minute, sorry-ass experience Mega Man II filled my chuckle barn

Mega Man V - I know people love this one because of how original it is... but I can't help but feel it's a bit overrated considering its cost

Yeah, Yoshi's Island DS is extremely disappointing, so you're better off ignoring it. I'm apprehensive about the new game as well...

I've actually been going through the GB Mega Man games on 3DS as well recently, and I pretty much agree with everything you said.
I have fond memories of MM2, but man, it IS a ridiculously short and sorry-ass experience if I look at it now.
I still love the soundtrack though. It's very different from the other Mega Man games, but still cool.

And yeah, MM3 is hard and pretty cheap if you ask me.

XLord007 Oct 18, 2013

Amazingu wrote:

I've actually been going through the GB Mega Man games on 3DS as well recently, and I pretty much agree with everything you said. I have fond memories of MM2, but man, it IS a ridiculously short and sorry-ass experience if I look at it now.
I still love the soundtrack though. It's very different from the other Mega Man games, but still cool. And yeah, MM3 is hard and pretty cheap if you ask me.

I'm probably the only one who has a soft spot for MM2 on the GB. Sorry, I love the pogo. It's also a great contrast between the hard as nails GB versions of MM1 and MM3 (Dust Man stage is SOOOO cheap).

Ashley Winchester Oct 19, 2013

XLord007 wrote:

(Dust Man stage is SOOOO cheap).

MAN! Do NOT even get me started on this! I was stuck on this thing for a day or two...

Wanderer Oct 19, 2013

Ashley Winchester wrote:

Additionally I started up the copy of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island I picked up a while back. Not to insult the game, but I think they were on drugs when they made this one.... This thing is just... weird. To be honest I going to finish it but I don't think I'll be maxing out my scores for each level as a goal like that might make me hate the thing. Seems like something that is easier said than done.

It's tough to do and in later worlds, often frustratingly so. But doing it opens up new (and awesome, as I recall) levels so it's worth doing if you love the game. It's one of the best platformers ever made.

Ashley Winchester Oct 19, 2013 (edited Oct 20, 2013)

I finished Kirby Nightmare in Dreamland... and it unfortunately didn't change my opinion on the underlying game. Kirby games make me so frustrated with myself.... I know the original game isn't perfect and I know my feelings for it are hopelessly bent due to nostalgia but nothing comes close for me. I know the other games aren't "bad" but they always feel that way. Does anyone else experience this kind of conflict with any other franchise?

Edit:

Also, just finished Mega Man Dr. Wily Revenge and... and my opinion of this one has definitely changed. I've always had a thing for this one but I constantly had trouble with the final level. Anyway, long story short, I took my time and really analyzed it and I can beat this game pretty easily now. It can be a little difficult but I really like this one... it may be my favorite of the five games even though IV and V are much smoother experiences.

XLord007 Oct 20, 2013

I finished Beyond: Two Souls. I enjoyed it, but it's a much less satisfying experience than Heavy Rain, and parts of it are simply ridiculous. I also tried the demo for The Wolf Among Us. The art and music are quite nice, but the setup is less compelling for me than The Walking Dead's, so I'll probably wait until all of the episodes are out and on sale before I buy.

Ashley Winchester Oct 21, 2013

Started up Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow. I played this on the Castlevania Double Pack a little over three years ago and thought it was the best out of the three GBA games despite not being very vested in the characters. I played the sequel Dawn of Sorrow a while back and didn't like it as much as Aria, and now that I'm playing Aria again I can definitely confirm that. Does anyone else like Aria more than Dawn?

XLord007 Oct 23, 2013

Ashley Winchester wrote:

Does anyone else like Aria more than Dawn?

As a game, I like Dawn more than Aria because the soul system just feels better to me in Dawn. That said, I think Aria has a better story and far better package/character art.

XLord007 Oct 23, 2013

After nearly two years, I finally finished the second half of Super Mario 3D Land. What a great game! Can't wait for Super Mario 3D World!

Ashley Winchester Oct 24, 2013

XLord007 wrote:

As a game, I like Dawn more than Aria because the soul system just feels better to me in Dawn.

That somewhat ironic because that's the opposite of how I feel...

That said, I think Aria has a better story and far better package/character art.

Agreed. I kind of hated the last boss in Dawn and that was more due to the story.

Anyway, after Aria I popped in Dissonance and I still think that one is weird... just feels so off for some reason.

After Dissonance I went old school with Castlevania Legends. I don't know how I really feel about this one... it's a lot kinder than I was expecting but that's because it's pretty broken. The thing I was really curious about was the soundtrack considering it was included in that big-ass Castlevania box that came out a few years ago. In regards to that I still think Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge holds the title for best GB CV soundtrack.

XLord007 Oct 26, 2013

Ashley Winchester wrote:

In regards to that I still think Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge holds the title for best GB CV soundtrack.

One of the best 8-bit soundtracks, period, IMO.

XLord007 Oct 26, 2013

Tried four more demos:

Master of the Seven Teas (360)
-So-so ship to ship combat game set in tea cups.

Super Sprint Commando Extreme (360)
-A runner with lovely pixel aesthetics, but the brutal difficulty ruins any chance at fun.

Naoki Tales (360)
-Surprisingly decent platformer with catchy music.

Star Runner (360)
-A Game Boy-styled runner with different level types, it's ok.

XLord007 Oct 27, 2013

With all this Ace Attorney talk going around, I decided to finally finish Ace Attorney 2, and I'm in the middle of the last case now. Hope to finish it soon. Also checked out two more demos:

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow -Mirror of Fate HD- (360)
-As demos go, this one barely lets you do anything other than get a very brief look at the story and combat mechanics. It's nothing special as far as I can tell.

Wooopup! (360)
-Pretty decent Breakout clone, but the paddle is a bit too close to the blocks.

Ashley Winchester Oct 27, 2013

XLord007 wrote:

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow -Mirror of Fate HD- (360)
-As demos go, this one barely lets you do anything other than get a very brief look at the story and combat mechanics. It's nothing special as far as I can tell.

I'm sorry to hear this about the demo. I'm sure people are sick of my gushing over this game but I was go glad it got a second chance after it wasn't received well on the DS. If the demo is far from satisfying in anyway... and the fact the game starts off insanely slowly until you get a certain item a few hours in... that doesn't bode to well for it. However, you are right in a way as the game really isn't that special... but by the end it had won me over somehow.

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